That he argentinian cinema has a lot to offer is nothing new. That despite the obstacles and a certain reluctance of some (inexplicable), manages to be noticed around the world, either.
This season there was a specific film that captured almost all the flashes. Argentina, 1985 has been the film of the year, chosen to represent the country at the Oscar Awards, with local box office records and flattered presence at various festivals. But it has not been the only film from the South American country that has been present at these events.
In the Venice Biennale, in the San Sebastian Festival and more recently in the New York Film Festival has been projected Trenque Lauquenthe movie of Laura Citarellaproduced by the renowned El Pampero Cine, a benchmark for Argentine independent cinema.
The film, divided into two parts, 12 chapters and about 4 hours long, tells the story of the disappearance of a woman (played by Laura Paredes), who apparently has escaped by her own decision while doing a job at Trenque Lauquen, a small city about 400 kilometers from the City of Buenos Aires. Two men, who share her love for her, develop hypotheses while looking for traces that allow us to understand what happened to Laura.
Premiered in Venice, the pace has been more than satisfactory, receiving more than positive reviews and proving once again that El Pampero Cine is almost synonymous with good movies. In a poetic, daring and mysterious story, Citarella tells a story with its own original rhythm, where the pieces fit together as the story progresses, with mysterious, profound and even fantastic fragments.
The film was shot for about 5 years, interrupted by the director’s pregnancy, but also by the coronavirus pandemic. Citarella’s head was so absorbed in this story that, according to her own words, “she could have filmed it for ten more years”, but a request from the organization of the Venice Film Festival for the film to be part of the selection made the times shortened and should have it ready for this year. And this is how she began her journey through these great festivals, reaping almost unanimous praise.
In addition, it is expected that on its US tour it will also go through the AFI in Los Angeles, while it will also be exhibited at the Film Fest Gent, in Belgium.
Trenque Lauquen then it can also be a film to take into account for as many chances as there are of seeing it, even though its insurance commercial circuit is more limited than that of the aforementioned Argentina, 1985. But when El Pampero is behind a film without hesitation, you have to give it a chance, in case all these festivals aren’t enough to arouse enough interest.
The cast is completed by Ezequiel Pierri, Rafael Spregelburd, Elisa Carricajo and Juliana Muras; while the photography was done by Yarara Rodriguez, Inés Ducastella and Agustín Mendilaharzu.
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The Argentine film that travels important festivals and is not Argentina, 1985